Weekend getaway weather

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Chattooga River Rafting
Elizabeth Gardner

Finally Friday!  After suffering through hotter than normal temperatures during the middle of the week you may be looking for a cool down.  A cold front crossing the state today is bringing some rain and cooler temperatures today.  It should move to the coast by tomorrow leaving a cooler airmass behind. 

That means weather should be good for all the outdoor events on tap around our area. Special Olympics are this weekend in the Triangle. Last year, temperatures were in the upper 90s to low 100s so this will be a big improvement.  Expect highs on Saturday and Sunday to range from low to mid 80s. 

The front on the coast may bring a few showers each afternoon south and east of the Triangle.  If you're looking to get out of town the coast may not be the best place to go due to that front.  Expect more numerous showers there, especially from Cape Lookout southward.

We've been fortunate to have a wet spring and that is not only good for water levels in our reservoirs and ground water recharge, but it's great for one of my favorite pastimes.  Often once we get to June and the temperatures heat up, the rivers start to drop and whitewater paddling isn't so great.  Not true this year. 

For the best ride, right now is the time to head to the mountains for some bouncy whitewater.  Temperatures and warm and the water levels are great!  Two good picks in and around the N.C. mountains are the Nolichucky River southwest of Boone and the Chattooga River south of Asheville.  Both of those tend to dry up by this time of year so now is the time to take advantage of some great water levels. 

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